5 Exhilarating Ways to Celebrate Spring
Spring is Here!
Spring is here in the northern hemisphere, and you don't want it to pass by without celebrating this miracle of nature. Spring is a time of hope, renewal, and wonderful changes in the weather that cannot be missed! So pause with your busy schedule and take a moment to smell the tulips! Here are five things you can do to enjoy the season and make this spring a memorable one.
1) Plant something!
Even if you don't have a green thumb, there are easy things you can plant. Watching something grow and blossom can be such a rewarding experience, and it will add spring freshness to your home. If you don't know what to plant, consider simply purchasing some flowers and a large pot to place on your doorstep, patio or balcony. An easy one to choose is pansies. These come in a wide range of colors that you can mix and match, and they are hardy and grow well.
Buy yourself a large pot, some potting soil, and a flat or two of pansies at your local garden center or even a department store. If you want to go cheaper, you can get a plastic container. (I got two fairly good sized ones for $1 each at the Dollar Tree.)
Simply fill with potting soil, and pop those pansies in there, patting them down well so the roots are secured. Pansies do best if you pick many of the blossoms, as it stimulates them to make more blossoms, so pick them as they bloom and you can have some beautiful little bouquets on your kitchen windowsill all spring and summer!
Some additional plants that are easy to grow in containers include petunias, impatiens and marigolds. If it's dry, make sure you water them so they won't wilt and die on you! Plant some fresh spring blossoms, and they will make you smile every time you see them.
How to Plant Pansies in a Pot
2) Have the First Barbecue of the Season!
Who said cook-outs were just for the summer months? Buy whatever you'd like to grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, etc.) and pop them in the freezer. Watch the weather, and when you're forecast says it will be a nice weekend, put the meat in the fridge to defrost and call family and/or friends and invite them to join you for the ceremonial first barbecue! Even better, try something fresh and new that you've never grilled before and give it a try. You may end up with a new barbecue favorite!
Try These Fresh and Different Grilling Ideas!
Pick up a spring banner, streamers, or balloons at the Dollar Tree or department store to make your cook-out extra festive, and pick up some paper napkins and plates with a spring theme. On your way home, stop in to the grocery store to pick up last-minute food needs, and buy a bunch of tulips or other spring flowers for a table centerpiece. Or use your potted flowers! Be sure to snap some photos or videos to commemorate the first cook-out of the year and post on social media to share your celebration!
Purchase a Good Basic Bird Guide
3) Do Some Bird Watching!
If you've never done any bird watching, or even if you have, you'll get a thrill out of watching our feathered friends return for the coming of spring. Purchase a bird feeder (get a squirrel-proof one if you have squirrels around) and some seed and hang in a high spot within view of your living room or kitchen window. I use safflower seed, because it's enjoyed by most birds, and the squirrels don't like them. Another idea, even easier, is to get a suet hanger and a cake of suet with seeds in it and hang that.
Then, print yourself out a chart or just use a piece of paper kept on the fridge with a magnet to write down the different species that you see. There are several online bird identification sites, or you can purchase a wild birds book for your area at the bookstore. Write down the date you saw each species, and see how many different kinds of birds you can see before fall. This is a wonderful project to involve children in, as it is both educational and fun!
Choose the Right Feeder for Your Yard
4) Take a Bike Ride!
If you haven't gotten that bike out in years, get it out and look it over. It will probably need to have the tires pumped up, and the chain greased. If need be, bring it by a bicycle or sporting shop and have it made ready for use. (see tips below for tuning your bike up yourself!)
How to Tune Up Your Bicycle
Pick a sunny weekend afternoon, and decide on a nice area to bike. You might put your bike in the back of the car and drive to a bike trail out of town. Or, just hop on and cycle around the area where you live. Remember to wear a helmet and bring a bottle of water. Even if you just bike for 15 or 20 minutes, you'll get that spring feeling and enjoy the sun and fresh air.
Alternatively, go on a walk in a place you've never explored. Take children, spouse, or friends with you on these excursions, or go alone and enjoy the solitude with just you and nature. Again, have your cell phone or camera at the ready for capturing photos of spring!
5) Send a Springtime Greeting!
Send someone you care about a spring greeting card! (I mean a physical one, not an email!) So few people use snailmail to connect with loved ones anymore, it would be a nice surprise to send a beautiful springy card to someone you don't see very often, or even someone you do see!
Include a photo of your spring flower pot, your bird feeder, or a snapshot you took on your spring bike trip. Or, send a packet of easy to plant seeds, such as petunias or impatiens for your special someone to plant. If you don't think they would be likely to plant seeds, place a pressed flower from your pot inside the card to add to your spring greeting.
You'll be sure to get a phone call, thanking you for your thoughtfulness, or maybe even a return card. Either way, you'll be spreading the tidings of spring and brightening someone's day.
Let's Celebrate Spring!
Which Way Might You Choose to Celebrate the Season?
Create a Beautiful Spring Greeting Card
Go Ahead and Celebrate!
So often we don't take the time to pay attention to the passing of the seasons of our lives. Don't let the spring months fly by without taking the time to relish its coming. Try one or all of these ideas to boost your morale and savor the season of spring. You're sure to create some wonderful memories for yourself and your family and friends.
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© 2016 Katharine L Sparrow